|Just in time for Halloween!|
Director: James Signorelli
Well, it's now an annual thing that I watch Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988). So, I won't belabor y'all with yet another pondering of the film.
This year, Cassandra Peterson is marking 40 years in the dress as Elvira, originally a late-night horror hostess character that somehow has spun out into a cultural icon. These days, Peterson does conventions, co-owns/ed a convention, does talk-shows, cooking shows, whatever it takes to pay the bills - including selling comics in which her character partakes in comedically spooky adventures (currently at Dynamite). And! she's got fashion lines, shops and a bit of a merchandising empire.
She also just turned 70, and released a tell-all biography that is sitting on my coffee table. Recently she's been a hit on talk shows making the rounds plugging the book as it contained the revelation she hasn't been single in 19 years (which I couldn't personally figure out) as she's partnered up with a lady friend. It's all been very buzzy in a very positive way.
One of those films - Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. So, yeah, it's a heavy serving of meta wrapped in a meta tortilla. She's still every bit herself after a small stretch of time away from the divan (but not the internet), and so it's great to have her joining you for the movies.
Honestly, I could never sort out why one of the streaming services didn't do this forever ago. It just makes sense as a format. And, if anything, Elvira is maybe more popular now with people willing to spend money on her than at any time in the past three decades. She genuinely has generations of fans after 40 years. I guess Shudder finally did the math on that.
Still, only four movies! And who knows if Peterson will want to do it again. She sounds very ready to not have to put on the outfit anymore, and I don't blame her. So, maybe she'll go animated, try again to find a replacement, or figure something else out. Whatever she wants to do, I'm good with it.
In the meantime, get the Shudder App. There's a free week of trial, and you can probably blaze through her show in that time.